It’s not exactly a surprised. A few months back, when commenting on directing “Blade Runner 2049”, Denis Villeneuve joked about the following:
My producers are finding it fun to remind me that it will be one of the most expensive R-rated independent feature films ever made.
Well, no surprise. Today the MPAA announced that the sequel to the original 1982 film has been rated R for “violence, some sexuality, nudity & language”. The original was rated R for brief nudity and violence. Whether the unrestrained nature of the film means anything to it’s quality is anyone’s guess. Hopefully it is a sequel that stands on it’s own and isn’t living in the original’s shadow.
“Blade Runner 2049” stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Mackenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto. It is set to be released in theaters October 6, 2017.